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Pics of Operation Swarmer

U.S. Army soldiers, Iraqi soldiers and U.S. aircraft are positioned on the airstrip at Forward Operating Base Remagen, Iraq, in preparation for Operation Swarmer on March 16, 2006. Operation Swarmer is a combined air assault operation to clear the area northeast of Samarra of suspected insurgents. The soldiers are from the Iraqi Army’s 1st Brigade, 4th Division, and the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team, and the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade. DoD photo by Sgt. 1st Class Antony Joseph, U.S. Army. (Released)

UPDATE: Don’t miss Bill Roggio’s Operation Swarmer: Legit or Theater?

UPDATE 2: Defense Tech points out that there doesn’t appear to be any embedded journalists along for the ride. That would explain the low number of pics available and sketchy info coming out. It’s always fun and interesting to follow along from home, of course. But too much public info can hurt the operation and/or put our troops in unnecessary danger. Loose lips, and all. There could be any number of reasons.

And many more pics below the fold…This post will be updated as more pics become available.

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In this hand out photo released by U.S. military, Iraqi Soldiers from the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division stand ready with a staged row of Blackhawk helicopters in preparation for Operation Swarmer, in Remagen, Iraq, Thursday, March 16, 2006. U.S. forces, joined by Iraqi troops, on Thursday launched the largest airborn assault in nearly three years, targeting insurgent strongholds north of the capital, the military said. The Operation Swarmer was aimed at clearing ‘a suspected insurgent operating area’ northeast of Samarra and was expected to continue over several days. (AP Photo/ U.S. Army, Sgt. 1st Class Antony Joseph)

Soldiers from the Iraqi Army’s 1st Brigade, 4th Division and U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team receive a pre-flight briefing from a UH-60 Black Hawk crew chief at Forward Operating Base Remagen, Iraq, prior to the start of Operation Swarmer on March 16, 2006. Operation Swarmer is a combined air assault operation to clear the area northeast of Samarra of suspected insurgents. DoD photo by Staff Sgt. Lyle Grose, U.S. Army. (Released)

U.S. Army UH-60 Black Hawk helicopters lift off from Forward Operating Base Remagen, Iraq, for Operation Swarmer on March 16, 2006. Soldiers from the Iraqi Army’s 1st Brigade, 4th Division and the U.S. Army’s 101st Airborne Division’s 3rd Brigade Combat Team are taking part in the combined air assault operation to clear the area northeast of Samarra of suspected insurgents. DoD photo by Sgt. 1st Class Antony Joseph, U.S. Army. (Released)

FORWARD OPERATING BASE REMAGEN, IRAQ – MARCH 16: The last UH-60 Blackhawk helicopter from the 101st Combat Aviation Brigade, 101st Airborne Division takes off March 16, 2006 from Forward Operating Base Remagen, Iraq. According to reports U.S military said on March 16, 2006 that more than 1,500 Iraqi and Coalition troops launched operation Swarmer, the largest air assault operation since Operation Iraqi Freedom, reportedly to clear a suspected insurgent operating area northeast of Samarra, about 60 miles north of Baghdad, Iraq. MSNBC

A U.S. Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter transports U.S. Army soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division’s Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment and Iraqi army soldiers during Operation Swarmer in Brassfield-Mora, Iraq, March 16, 2006. Operation Swarmer is a combined air assault operation to clear the area northeast of Samarra of suspected insurgents. U.S. Navy Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Shawn Hussong

U.S. Army soldiers of the 101st Airborne Division’s Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, exit an Army CH-47 Chinook helicopter at Brassfield-Mora, Iraq, March 16, 2006, in support of Operation Swarmer. U.S. Navy Photo by Petty Officer 3rd Class Shawn Hussong

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This certainly appears to be from the same batch as the ones above it, though I have no source as of now. Found on FR.

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In this hand out photo released by U.S. military, U.S.Army Soldiers of Company C, 3rd Battalion, 187th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division and Iraqi Army Soldiers from 4th Iraqi Army Division exit a CH-47 Chinook helicopter in support of Operation Swarmer in Samarra, Iraq, Thursday, March 16, 2006. U.S. forces, joined by Iraqi troops, on Thursday launched the largest airborn assault in nearly three years, targeting insurgent strongholds north of the capital, the military said. The Operation Swarmer was aimed at clearing ‘a suspected insurgent operating area’ northeast of Samarra and was expected to continue over several days. (AP Photo/ U.S. Navy 3rd class Shawn Hussong)

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In this hand out photo released by U.S. military, Iraqi Army Soldiers of 4th Iraqi Army Division exit a CH-47 Chinook helicopter in support of Operation Swarmer in Samarra, Iraq, Thursday, March 16, 2006. U.S. forces, joined by Iraqi troops, on Thursday launched the largest airborn assault in nearly three years, targeting insurgent strongholds north of the capital, the military said. The Operation Swarmer was aimed at clearing ‘a suspected insurgent operating area’ northeast of Samarra and was expected to continue over several days. (AP Photo/ U.S. Navy 3rd class Shawn Hussong)

A U.S. helicopter lands as a U.S. soldier stands guard outside Samarra, Iraq, Friday, during Operation Swarmer. Khalid Mohammed / AP (MSNBC)

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This is off the same FR post as the one above. Not sure if it’s Operation Swarmer or not, but it is US and Iraqi troops on the move.

I will continue to add and expand as I find more. If you know of some goodies (I’m looking for medium resolution or better) let me know.

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Whoa! Where’d those two come from?!? Sorry…

More pics in Part 2

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Comments

  • dj elliott says:

    1. Look at the latest Battle Space Assumption map. 2. Plot where Samara is. 3. Plot where the clearing ops by Iraqi/USMC are. – Do you notice that Samara is between three zones that the Iraqis own? And adjacent to I MEF zone. – Do you think we turned those areas over without making sure the threat was managable first? – Where do you think the terrs moved to under that presure? – And what chunk of realestate do you think we plan to turn over next? ’75% of Iraq turned over by end of summer.’ Samara will be turned over to Iraqi Army control within next 3 months (probably sooner). We are doing the house cleaning prior to hand over and introducing the new tennants (Iraqi Army and MOI’s Special Police Commandos) to the local residents.

  • dave addison says:

    Oh dam,they missed them again.Ha!

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